Artists of Colour Have a Right to Make Art — Even if it Scares You | Winnie Dunn

Winnie Dunn

TEDxSydney Youth 2023 · 24 May 2023

In this thought-provoking and powerful talk, Winnie Dunn, reveals how representations of people of colour in mainstream media are harmful and deny marginalised communities the right to full self expression.

Drawing from the experiences of OneFour, an all-Pasifika drill rap crew from the Western Sydney suburb of Mt Druitt, she highlights the double standards marginalised communities — especially young men of colour — face when experimenting with artistic expression Winnie Dunn is the General Manager of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and the editor of several critically acclaimed anthologies, including Another Australia (Affirm Press, 2022). She is a writer of Tongan descent from Mount Druitt and has been published in The Guardian, HuffPost Australia, Griffith Review, Meanjin and SBS Voices. Winnie is currently completing her debut novel, Dirt Poor Islanders (Hachette, 2024).

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